Job Posting 70487

Executive Director
Hopewell Children's Homes Inc.
Southern Ontario, Guelph
closes in 6 days (Fri, 14 May)
full time

Job Title:                      Executive Director


Responsible to:           The Board of Directors


Start Date:                  Immediate Opportunity


Hopewell is a not-for-profit registered charity governed by a volunteer Board of Directors. Hopewell was established outside of Guelph, Ontario in Ariss in 1983 by John and Johanna Oosterhuis.

Hopewell provides high-quality personal care for children, youth and adults with developmental disabilities and complex needs, and support for their families. These services are provided as residential, respite and recreational programs for a diverse client group.

Our unique culture and well-deserved reputation for extraordinary staff and exceptional care have allowed Hopewell to grow to our current level of 7 homes, and administrative office that includes the recreational programing services. Hopewell currently provides services to over 500 families throughout Guelph and Wellington County.



The Executive Director is responsible for providing overall management leadership to the service delivery, human resources, occupational health & safety, facilities management, financial and information systems components of Hopewell Children’s Homes Inc.  The Executive Director is also a resource to the Board of Directors (BOD).


The major responsibilities of the Executive Director comprise the following main duties and responsibilities:



  1. Guide the organization in the development of a progressive strategic plan that aligns with and progresses Hopewell towards achieving its mission.
  2. Provide leadership, guidance and professional development to the management team and all direct reports (8).
  3. Identify, assess, and inform the BOD of internal and external governance issues that might affect the organization and provide possible solutions.
  4. Foster effective teamwork throughout the organization.
  5. Act as a professional advisor to the BOD on all aspects of the organization’s activities.  Fulfill all Board reporting requirements as outlined in Board Governance Documents.



  1. Develop and implement an annual business plan to guide the organization in the current year.
  2. Ensure that the operation of the organization meets the expectations of its targeted client group, Board, funders, and donors.
  3. Ensure the development and implementation of effective operational policies for all aspects of the organization including, but not limited to, service delivery, communications, finance, human resources, facilities management, privacy, and training; review existing policies at least every two years and revise as appropriate.
  4. Consult with various stakeholders of the organization to determine the priorities and outcomes for the service delivery, finance, human resources and information components of the organization within the context of the strategic plan approved by the Board of Directors.



  1. Oversee the planning, implementation and evaluation of the organization’s programs and services in cooperation with the BOD.
  2. Develop and implement client surveys to ensure high quality service.
  3. Support and advise the Board through the preparation of background information as required by the Board of Directors on matters related to strategic planning, formulating/revising Board policy, monitoring performance and ensuring financial stability/ sustainability.



  1. Oversee the implementation of robust human resource systems that include effective policies, procedures, and a formalized compensation structure, with external competitiveness.
  2. Represent the organization, or delegate representatives to act on behalf of the organization, in collective bargaining. Oversee the implementation, interpretation and administration of the collective agreement, grievance process and all labour relations related matters. 
  3. Ensure the development and implementation of a performance management process for staff, which includes but is not limited to, monitoring the performance of staff on an on-going basis, and conducting an annual performance review.



  1. Oversee the development of the annual budget, and the monitoring, and management of budgets in accordance with legislative requirements and regulations of any applicable funder.
  2. Oversee the implementation of financial policies and procedures to ensure the protection and appropriate use of the organization’s resources and that all financial transactions are correctly accounted for.
  3. Research funding sources, ensure funding proposals are submitted to increase the funds of the organization, and develop fundraising plans.
  4. Provide the BOD with comprehensive, regular reports on the revenues and expenditures of the organization.
  5. Ensure the organization complies with all applicable legislation.
  6. In accordance with approved Signing Authority policy, sign contracts, leases, licenses, and binding agreements on behalf of the organization and ensure that appropriate measures are undertaken to obtain Board approval for agreements in excess of the ED’s approval authority.



  1. Communicate with stakeholders and other organizations to keep them informed of the work of the organization and to identify changes in the Community served by the organization.
  2. Act as the primary spokesperson for the organization in dealing directly with the media as per board policy and maintain a sound working relationship with the media using every opportunity afforded to bring the services and programs offered by the agency to the public’s attention in a positive and proactive manner.
  3. Establish good working relationships and collaborative arrangements with community groups, funders and other organizations to help achieve the goals of the organization.
  4. Develop and implement communications plans for various groups of stakeholders, including client families, staff, volunteers, and funders.



  1. Identify and evaluate the risks to the organization’s people, finances, goodwill, and image and implement measures to control risks.
  2. Ensure the BOD and the organization carries appropriate and adequate insurance coverage and that the BOD, staff and volunteers understand the terms, conditions and limitations of the insurance coverage.



  1. Proven senior management experience as a seasoned leader of a non-profit organization in the community social services or related field, able to work collaboratively and consultatively.
  2. Knowledge of current sector challenges and opportunities relating to the mission of the organization.
  3. Ability to effectively apply all federal and provincial legislation, regulations and practices applicable to voluntary sector organizations. i
  4. Experience in managing program development, monitoring, and evaluation
  5. The ability to effectively work cooperatively with others in a team environment, while providing leadership, management and effective oversight.
  6. Demonstrated skills in interpersonal communication, negotiation, conflict resolution, decision-making and problem
  7. Ability to establish and maintain a productive working relationship with other community agencies, boards of directors and government agencies
  8. Ability to balance demands and priorities and to manage effectively.



  1. University degree in public administration, social services, or human services (Masters preferred)
  2. Minimum 3-5 years’ experience in a related field.
  3. Previous or current senior management experience of 5 years or more.
  4. Experience in developmental services or a related service delivery field.
  5. Experience working in a unionized environment.
  6. Previous negotiations experience and asset.



  1. Works in an office environment, but the mission of the organization may frequently take you to non-standard workplaces such as client homes, partner facilities, etc.
  2. Represent the organization in meetings with governments, community partner organizations and provincial associations and provide any other representation that may be required from time to time.



  1. Based on qualifications and experience.
  2. The successful applicant will be expected to complete a vulnerable sector criminal record check to the satisfaction of the Agency.



This posting will remain open until a suitable candidate is selected.

Please send your resume with cover letter in confidence to:


Julie Vail, Manager, Human Resources



Hopewell is committed to building a diverse workplace that is inclusive of people from all backgrounds.  We welcome the opportunity to work with you to ensure fairness in our hiring practices.

Should you require accommodation at any point in the hiring process, please contact:

Julie Vail, Manager, Human Resources

519-836-9641 ext: 233


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